Faculty and Staff




Amanda Davis



I graduated from Greenville High School and received a BS in Education from Florida State University. I began my teaching career in Birmingham, Alabama. I have taught in the public school systems of Madison and Suwannee County. In 1983, I began teaching at Melody Christian Academy, and shortly thereafter became principal. All four of my children graduated from Melody Christian Academy, and each went on to receive a 4-year college degree. My daughter Laura works alongside me in administration and as the athletic director. Her husband Darrin is the pastor of Melody Church. My daughter Leslie was Valedictorian of Florida State University Medical School. She now works at the Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL, where she lives with her husband Michael and daughter Rosamund. My son Frank teaches English Honors, and AP classes here at Melody, and lives in Live Oak with his wife, Jess and son, Simon. He is also involved musically in our church. My youngest daughter, Lisa, works as the Community Manager at the American Cancer Society in Panama City, where she lives with her husband Brad and son, Maddux. My three grandbabies, Sophia, Isabella, and Darrin Christian, all attend Melody.



Matt Yanossy

Vice Principal


I am a native of Suwannee County and a 2006 graduate of Suwannee High School. I received my associate’s degree from North Florida Community College and received a double major in Criminology and Sociology from Florida State University in 2010. After graduation I moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where I studied at Rhema Bible College and completed two years of Biblical Studies. After graduating in 2012, I moved back to Live Oak, where I now work at Melody Christian Academy. I am also married to the most amazing woman, Katy Yanossy and we have two daughters, Charlotte and Clara.






Laura Baldwin



For 13 years I had the privilege of teaching at my alma mater. I am a proud graduate of Melody Christian Academy and Oral Roberts University. I am blessed to have all three of my children all attending Melody. I am married to the love of my life, and since our wedding day we have been in full-time ministry together. We love our life, and we are so blessed to live and work where we do.






6th-12th Grade Educational Instructors






Judy Forinash
















Frank Davis, Jr.

English Honors/AP


I graduated from MCA in 2003 and proceeded to obtain an AA from NFCC and a BA in English from Flagler College. In addition to teaching standard social studies courses, I've had the privilege of teaching several AP courses, including AP U.S. History, AP European History, and AP Literature and Composition. Thanks to a remarkably supportive administration and a cooperative and driven staff, my time here at MCA has been especially fulfilling.










William Yanossy



I grew up in Suwannee County and graduated Valedictorian from Suwannee High School in 2004. I then attended the University of Florida (Go Gators!) where I received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology in 2008.  Afterwards I attended Santa Fe Community College for additional science courses before attending Florida Gulf Coast University for 2.5 years of graduate-level coursework.  I have always been an avid reader, especially in science-fiction and fantasy genres, but will read anything as long as it’s a good read. I’m now back in Live Oak, FL and look forward to helping students succeed in their educational goals and reach their greatest potential.







Tracy Brown



I have had the privilege of working at Melody Christian Academy for the past five years at both the elementary and high school level, teaching numerous subjects. I have a beautiful 10-year-old daughter who attends MCA as well. I obtained my BA from Saint Leo University in 2003. My daughter and I also attend church and assist in many areas of ministry at Melody Church.











Jacob Pitts

History/Bible Teacher


Jacob Pitts graduated from North Florida Community College with his AA. He then spent two years teaching the GED in the prison system. Jacob is originally from Madison, FL but now lives in Suwannee County with his wife Paige, daughter Claire, and their two dogs, Reggie and Bonnie. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering at church and watching the Green Bay Packers.











Jess Davis

6th Grade teacher
















Stacey Henderson

Sign Language


I have been teaching at Melody Christian Academy for nine years now.  I have also worked in the public school system and at North Florida Community College interpreting for two years. I have continued my education through training at St. Augustine for the deaf and the blind. I believe that teaching is a privilege gifted by God and I have been honored to be a part of this gift.  I not only enjoy being able to teach young people something that I am passionate about, but I am thankful for the lives that I am able to speak into.  My prayer is that when all is said and done they will remember a teacher who not only taught, but truly cared about who they were and where they were going in life!







Bobby Hofer



I worked for a full-time ministry organization that focused on outreach to public schools. After nearly ten years, I decided to pursue law enforcement and earned a degree in criminal justice with a minor in elementary education. I attended NFCC and Saint Leo University and graduated with high honors. I served my local community as a sheriff deputy for nearly two years and began teaching 6th grade. I have been married eighteen years to my wife Heidi and have four children: Dylann, Briana-Lee, Lindsay, and Madison. They all attend school at Melody.










Terry Mixon

PE Coach














Kasey Mixon

Art Teacher






K5-5th Grade Educational Instructors




Debbie Mixon
















Carol-Ann Townsend



Mrs. Townsend has worked in Early Childhood Education for seventeen years.  She holds a CDA, a Family Home Child Care License, and Child Care Director credentials.  She enjoys being creative in her teaching and thinking outside the box.  Mrs. Townsend loves those moments when the "lightbulb" glows in a child's mind and he or she understands a new and exciting concept.  She enjoys teaching children the foundations of reading, and training them in choices and behaviors that are pleasing to the Lord.  Mrs. Townsend has been married to her husband Mike for 19 years, and all five of her children attend Melody.  She is also the pastor's wife at Live Oak First Assembly church, and has a passion for teaching God's Word.







Shelly Bowen

1st Grade


I have been married for over 30 years to my wonderful husband, Tony. We have two beautiful children, Brittany and Michaiah. I am a proud grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren. I have been teaching at Melody Christian Academy for the past 30 years. I LOVE teaching 1st grade because the children at this age are like little sponges and they love learning. You also never know what they are going to say!!











Sue Hurst

2nd Grade



Mrs. Sue Hurst came to Live Oak in 1979 after graduating from the State University of New York at Cortland with a B.S. in Elementary Education. In 1985, Mrs. Hurst received her Masters in Reading from Florida State University and earned her Reading Endorsement in 2006. Mrs. Hurst previously taught in the Live Oak Public School System for 35 years before retiring in 2014. Mrs. Hurst has been married to her wonderful husband, Leroy, for 36 years. They have two beautiful children, Tyson and Sarah.









Marvette Gwinn

3rd Grade

Elementary Administrator


I have been married 37 years to my husband, Clifford.  We have one amazing daughter, Prell.

After working at the public library for 18 years, I obtained a bachelor’s degree in education and started an 18 year career in public education. I continued higher education by earning a master of guidance degree and a media specialist certification. The highlight of my career was becoming a National Board Certified Teacher. I feel blessed to work in a Christian environment and look forward to bringing an enriching effect on the daily lives of children.








Mike Townsend

4th Grade


Mr. Townsend has been a teacher for six years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Practical Theology from Southeastern University, with a minor in Elementary Education.  He is also a licensed minister with twenty years of ministry experience, currently serving as the Senior Pastor of Live Oak First Assembly of God.  He and his wife of 20 years, Carol Ann, have five children together, all of whom are students at Melody.  In his free time, Mr. Townsend enjoys spending time with his family, working with horses, and visiting the mountains.









Jessica Mills

5th grade















Linda Walker

Teacher’s Assistant


I have been at Melody for the past 13 years. I am a widow with two wonderful boys, James and Jeremy. My son Jeremy is a graduate of Melody Christian Academy. I attended Lee University, and for the past 20 years I have been working with children. I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, and after retiring from Publix Supermarket of 23 years, we moved to Live Oak. I initially joined the staff at Melody to keep an eye on my son, but I soon found working here to be so rewarding. Mr. Matt and Mrs. Amanda are the best people one could ever work with and for.








Amanda Ellison

School Secretary

I am a 2002 graduate of Melody Christian Academy. I have been Melody’s School Secretary since 2011. I love my job and the people I work with. We strive for excellence here at Melody and that is something I am proud to be a part of.  I am married to a great guy, Dustin, and have four awesome children. All four of my children attend school at MCA. I love being able to be near my children while at work everyday. My family also attends church at Melody. I am so thankful to be a part of such a great church and school.


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